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Balentien strikes out seven times
NISHINOMYA (Japan) - Since hitting his 58th homerun of the season last Wednesday, Wladimir Balentien has struckout seven times in the next three games, hitting only one basehit.

On Thursday, Balentien was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and two walks when the Yakult Swallows lost 3-2 at the Yokohama Bay Stars.

On Saturday, the Swallows played at the Hanshin Tigers and that game ended in a 7-7 tie in 12 innings. Balentien was 1-for-4 (a single) in this game, but struckout three times, while waking once.

On Sunday, Balentien was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in a 7-6 win vs. Hanshin. But he also walked again twice and scored a run in the seventh inning. The Swallows had just taken a 4-3 lead on an error and Balentien walked with a runner on base, then scored when Yuichi Matsumoto hit a 3-run homerun to make it 7-3 in favor of Yakult.

(September 22)

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